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Reading the OED

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
Shea, Ammon (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Reading the OED

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An obsessive word lover provides an account of the year he spent reading the Oxford English Dictionary cover to cover, offering a selection of obscure and offbeat vocabulary gems he discovered along the way.

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To enthusiast Shea, the 137 pounds is as nothing, the tiny print is no impediment, and getting through the nearly 22,000 pages is just a labor of love. Working on the idea that you always imitate the source of your inspiration and power, Shea plowed through all said pages and managed to do so in one year and arranged some of his chief findings in alphabetical order, from whence we come to learn such terms as "father-better" and "twi-thought." Much better than a word-a-day approach, and containing infinitely more clever ideas and usage, Shea's treatment features a wry approach to his love of the language and what appears to be a staggering amount, literally, of caffeine. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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An obsessive word lover provides an entertaining account of the year he spent reading the Oxford English Dictionary cover to cover, offering a colorful selection of obscure, hilarious, and offbeat vocabulary gems he discovered along the way.

Authors: Shea, Ammon
Statement of Responsibility: Ammon Shea
Title: Reading the OED
one man, one year, 21,730 pages
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xvi, 223 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: "A Perigee Book."
Subject Headings: Oxford English dictionary Encyclopedias and dictionaries History and criticism English language Lexicography English language Etymology
Topical Term: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
English language
English language
LCCN: 2007046163
ISBN: 9780399533983
Branch Call Number: 423.028 S
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